|Purred: Tue Jan 6, '09 3:13pm PST |
|This is Mordred's mom, saying thank you for the understanding. I meant only to say that it hurts me when the foods I feed to my furry friends are "garbage" or "crap"- and I have seen both of those words used.
Today, after a dental appointment, I drove to a local pet store to do some looking. Felidae is out of the question: $14 for 4 pounds simply is not in the budget since I'm feeding 4. Chicken Soup looked pretty good, and I noted that some people recommend that, but I liked Taste of the Wild better - and it's price is about the same as I've been paying for O.N.E. I bought a bag to try it - and was so discouraged to see that the recommended amount is *more* than I've been feeding of the O.N.E.
I am well aware that cats are obligate carnivores; as I said, I'm not stupid, nor am I ignorant. I've subscribed for several years to both Catnip and CatWatch - feline newsletters, one from Tufts University and the other from Cornell. (I can never remember which is from which university. LOL!) They generally recommend any good quality commercial food that meets AAFCO standards; I don't know of anyone I would trust more than a feline college. That being said, I also know that grains are carbohydrates, which cause both felines and humans to gain weight. That's why I''m trying the Taste of the Wild. I'll see how they do on it.
Weight is an issue with Mordred, and threatens to be so with Blue. Shadow, the formerly feral who became a barn cat and then a house cat when he broke his leg, has gained weight,but I think that has as much to do with his enforced confinement and lack of usual exercise. His checkup with xrays is Monday; hopefully, the surgeon will release him & he can go out when he wants. Althea is my "petite princess" at barely 7 pounds; overweight with her is not an issue.
I won't always be in financial straits, but for now - with 5 cats (one in the barn) and 2 ponies to feed - money is most definitely an issue. I really am doing the best I can; all I ask is that people not refer to the less expensive brands in derogatory terms. Although, I do understand now that some of that comes from frustration with the pet-food companies; thank you for giving me another perspective on that. I hope I've given some others a different perspective as well.
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